Hi, this is Yuheng, program manager on the Windows Server Essentials product team. This is our second blog post in the two-part Services Integration series. In this post, I will introduce you to new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: SharePoint Online library management and Exchange ActiveSync integration, a part of the Office 365 integration feature.
Assuming your Office 365 subscription includes SharePoint Online, and Office 365 is integrated with Windows Server Essentials, you can manage your SharePoint Online libraries on the Storage tab of the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. As shown in this screen shot, the main pane lists all the libraries on the SharePoint Online site.
Adding a SharePoint Online library involves:
Windows Intune can provide sophisticated capabilities for mobile device management. But if Windows Intune is not an option for your organization, and you still want to ensure that a basic security policy is in place for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) scenarios, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials may fill the gap together with the capabilities of Exchange ActiveSync. To leverage this capability, you will need to integrate Office 365 on Windows Server Essentials. You can start managing mobile devices on the Devices tab of the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard.
Most mobile devices that connect to Exchange Online do so by using Exchange ActiveSync. With Exchange ActiveSync, you can check the status of each connected device and enforce basic mobile device security mechanisms, such as the following:
I hope you enjoyed this series on the Services Integration capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. As always, I’ll like to encourage you to get started by downloading the trial and joining the conversation in our forum.